08/29/2012 3:57PM

Saratoga: Data Link draws rail as Bernard Baruch favorite

Barbara D. Livingston
Data Link will face just six rivals in Saturday's Bernard Baruch.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Data Link will be the 122-pound highweight and likely favorite when facing just six rivals in the Bernard Baruch Handicap on Saturday at Saratoga. Data Link has not started since winning the Grade 2 Monmouth on June 10. He was scratched from the Grade 2 Fourstardave here earlier this summer due to the soft condition of the turf course.

Data Link breaks from the rail under John Velazquez and faces a lineup that consists of Crimson China, Queen’splatekitten, Dominus, Guys Reward, Sky Blazer, and Prince Will I Am.

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Dominus will be making his turf debut for trainer Todd Pletcher in the Bernard Baruch. He worked a half-mile in 47.06 seconds over the Oklahoma turf course earlier this week.

“We worked him here on Monday and he worked very well on grass,” Pletcher said. “This kind of puts us in a position to open up some options. That doesn’t rule the Kelso out if we decide to go back to the dirt, but it could open up some other options.”

Sign may wait for Pocahontas

Trainer Al Stall said Sign, an 11 3/4-length winner of her debut here on Sunday, may not run again until the Pocahontas Stakes on Oct. 28 at Churchill Downs.

Of course, that was before Stall realized that, as of now, Lasix will not be permitted to be used in juvenile races at the Breeders’ Cup.

When Sign won on Sunday, she did not race on the anti-bleeding medication.

“Stay tuned,” Stall said.

If he and owners Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm stick to their original plan, Sign would run in the Pocahontas, a one-mile race on Oct. 28 and then the Golden Rod, a 1 1/16-mile race on Nov. 24. Both races are run at Churchill.

“That’s three races . That’s not a bad campaign,” Stall said.

Sign, a daughter of Pulpit, came from slightly off the pace to win her debut, running six furlongs in 1:10.37 and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 82.

“We brought her up here for a reason,” Stall said. “She showed us something in Kentucky. We just figured we’d want to get one race in her here. We took our time, she got acclimated, had four or five works here. She did everything right.

“She’s got that Pulpit blood in her. She is a fighter,” Stall added. “You didn’t get a chance to see it, but the way she handled herself on the inside she wasn’t backing down from anything.”

Carried Interest to skip Hopeful

As expected, Carried Interest will not run in Monday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Hopeful and instead be pointed to the Grade 2, $200,000 Futurity at Belmont on Sept. 30, trainer Rick Violette said.

Carried Interest, a sharp debut winner at Belmont, was being considered for the Saratoga Special on Aug. 12, but missed that race due to a shin issue.

Violette had hoped to have him ready for the Hopeful, but said he didn’t have enough time to train him properly for the seven-furlong race.

“Discretion is the better part of valor,” Violette said. “I didn’t want to lay him down over the weekend. I’m confident he can make the Futurity, which still leaves us a lot of options for the rest of the year.”

◗ Weekend Hideaway ($3.40), under Jose Lezcano, rolled past pacesetting Cay to Pomeroy in upper stretch and galloped to a 6 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 David Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-old males.

Weekend Hideaway, a son of Speightstown owned by Michael Hoffman’s Red and Black Stable and trained by Phil Serpe, covered six furlongs in 1:09.89.

◗ Swift Warrior ($10.20) rallied past Yield Bogey in mid-stretch and cruised to a two-length victory over Hoofit in the $100,000 Win Stakes.

Swift Warrior, owned by James Dolan and James Cavello and trained by John Terranova, covered a mile in 1:33.82 over a firm inner turf course.

– additional reporting by David Grening